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Welcome to scigest - podcast-sized servings of digestible science from the world of Plant & Food Research! Scigest is a podcast channel hosted by scientists at Plant & Food Research in New Zealand who are passionate about communicating their science to New Zealanders and the world, as well as helping science students in their journey to a science career. Our scientists are at the heart of food production, supply and security, contributing to human health and wellbeing as well as social and e ...
 
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Entomologist Dr Dave Bellamy was a hot dog vendor, high school science teacher and USDA postharvest researcher. Until two years ago, the US-born scientist had never crossed the equator. He shares the ups and downs of his career and tells us what drove him to uproot his family to move to New Zealand, a country he had never set foot in before, and ho…
 
For 25 years Dr Charles Dwamena has made New Zealand home. While he is a scientist working on boosting the colour and nutrient content of fruit in the lab, he is also passionate about communicating science to the "street guy" through a radio show he has co-founded. Outside of his science work, he has recently been appointed as Honorary Consul of Gh…
 
Co-Chief Investment Officer Scott Glasser joins Investment Strategist Jeff Schulze to debate the unprecedented moves in the market and economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks and opportunities they are monitoring as we enter the second half of 2020. Scott and Jeff highlight the importance of liquidity from further policy stimulus…
 
Entomologist Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen is looking for Integrated Pest Management solutions for thrips on strawberry orchards. To make the environment less desirable to the pest, she has to put herself in its shoes. It also helps to have a group of growers who are eager to participate in the research! Please go to our Scigest webpage for this podcas…
 
Dr Phil Elmer calls himself a "magpie" that collects interesting microorganisms with potential. One of the yeast samples that he collected from apricots in Central Otago years ago has recently been released as a biocontrol agent for vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa. He shares the research and development process of the bee-safe, sustainable solut…
 
Senior Portfolio Manager Charles Hamieh at RARE Infrastructure joins RARE Head of Global Distribution Matt Bushby to discuss the drivers behind a return for user pays infrastructure assets such as toll roads and airports in May, how he has been finding attractive entry points to high-quality, long-duration infrastructure assets lately and the overa…
 
Michelle Joeng and Karangawai Paringatai-Hare worked alongside Plant & Food Research scientists as student researchers last summer. They give us a review of their respective projects on oysters food safety and taonga plant poroporo. They also share tips on how to succeed in the very selective summer studentship programme and tell us what they've ga…
 
RARE Infrastructure Senior Portfolio Manager Shane Hurst and Head of Global Distribution Matt Bushby dissect what infrastructure assets outperformed and underperformed as investors brought capital back into areas sold off in March. Shane also highlights the opportunity opened by recent volatility to increase investments in sustainable infrastructur…
 
We're back with another chat with Dr Michelle Dickinson, host of the new science show "Breaking It Down" on TVNZ. In this extended episode, we cover a variety of subjects including running the "Nano Girl Live" shows and "Nano Girl Labs", diversity issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the need for more effective science commu…
 
As markets appear to stabilize following the coronavirus-related selloff, Nick Langley, Co-Founder and Senior Portfolio Manager at RARE Infrastructure, joins RARE Head of Global Distribution Matt Bushby to discuss how the market is starting to differentiate between companies with stable and predictable cash flows going forward and those with signif…
 
Dr Brent Clothier has had the same job for 46 years, but there is never a dull moment. The prolific soil and water scientist received the Science New Zealand Plant & Food Research Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He shares his insights into how his field has evolved overtime and his outlook for the horticulture industry in the face of the changi…
 
As different regions of the globe begin varying degrees of shutdown measures and governments respond with monetary and fiscal stimulus, Nick Langley, Co-Founder and Senior Portfolio Manager at RARE Infrastructure, discusses current volatile market conditions and what they mean for infrastructure investors with RARE Head of Global Distribution Matt …
 
Are all insects pests? Is it possible to manage the baddies without wiping out the goodies on a paddock or farm scale? Melanie Davison from Plant & Food Research and Abie Horrocks from the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) talk about integrated pest management, a pest control approach that uses a mixture of cultural, biological and chemical meth…
 
Dr Nick Albert is the recipient of the Science New Zealand Plant & Food Research Early Career Researcher Award 2019, but his science journey hasn't always been smooth sailing. He recounts his transition from a technology to science degree with the help of his mentors and shares how he has parlayed his new-found passion into a successful career in p…
 
How did a shy nanotechnologist acquire the superpower to transform into Nano Girl? Is a phone booth involved? Dr Michelle Dickinson tells us how she overcame her poor performance in college and fear of public speaking to become one of the best known science influencers in New Zealand. She also takes us on an energising and eclectic tour of her scie…
 
How can we improve pollination of field crops and reduce costs? This week we talk with Brad Howlett a scientist from Plant & Food Research and Phil Rolston from Foundation for Arable Research to discuss a fly that is showing huge potential as an alternative pollinator of field and seed crops - the drone fly. For more information on this subject ple…
 
Is the world's insect population actually going down or have we just learnt to jog with our mouths shut? Our scifi panel takes on the "insect apocalypse" claim and examines several widely cited papers. Tom, Blue, Jay and newcomer Frances also share exciting news on a novel technology that controls plant disease resistance, quantum supremacy, public…
 
How does farm management influence soil physical, chemical and biological properties? Regenerative farmer Simon Osborne joins PFR's Trish Fraser to discuss management on his cropping farm in Canterbury. Soil quality is of paramount importance on Simon's farm, which has been run as a no-till system for around 40 years. All crop residues are retained…
 
Jessica Rodrigues chats with Dr Nick Waipara (Rongawhakaata, and Ngāti Ruapani ki Turanga), a Senior Scientist at Plant & Food Research who has spent the past two decades in various roles at the front line of New Zealand's bioprotection. Nick talks about his science career and why protecting New Zealand's primary production and native ecosystems re…
 
In this special edition recorded at the Horticulture Conference 2019, Plant & Food Research GM Science Food Innovation Jocelyn Eason, NZ's first ever MasterChef winner Brett McGregor and renowned food writer Niki Bezzant explore the growing plant-based diet trend as Brett cooks up a storm for the audience.…
 
We sit down with Italian Brown Marmorated Stink Bug expert Professor Claudio Ioriatti during his event-packed recent visit to New Zealand. He shares first-hand account of the devastation of BMSB in Europe and his experience in controlling the pest and other invasive insects that may pose threats to the biosecurity of New Zealand. We acknowledge the…
 
Take a walk down memory lane with recently retired Principal Scientist Dr Nigel Larsen. The Science NZ Plant & Food Research Lifetime Achievement Awardee recounts his science journey and his time at DSIR and Crop & Food Research, the predecessors of Plant & Food Research. He also discusses his recent work on proteins that aggravate Coeliac disease.…
 
Not all wasps are created equal. The majority are an important part of our environment in New Zealand, and wasp protein could be the next big thing for food innovation. Bioinformatician Susan Thomson talks to Entomologist Lloyd Stringer about the good guys, but more importantly, the bad guys and steps taken to reduce their populations. This is the …
 
This week Blue Plunket talks to well travelled post-doctoral scientist Dr Mohamad Al Hassan. Originally from Lebanon, Dr Al Hassan did his Masters in France and his PHD in Spain before travelling to NZ to further his career. We cover his journey into science, the academic road to NZ and his work here on the stress tolerances of plants.…
 
New Zealand is blessed with high UV but moderate temperature, which gives our world renowned white wine a signature fresh, lively and green flavour. With climate change will the warming climate affect the taste of your favourite sauvignon blanc? Wine scientist Dr Damian Martin tells us how winegrowers are adapting to the evolving growing environmen…
 
Portfolio Managers Elisa Mazen and Michael Testorf, CFA join Investment Strategist Jeff Schulze, CFA to provide perspective on the mixed signals in the global economy and how that impacts their diversified approach to growth investing. The PMs discuss risks and opportunities in Europe and the UK, Japan and China as well as the role of ESG factors i…
 
Prof. Juliet Gerrard tells her story of how her interest in science began and how she developed skills in industry, academia and now as the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. As she shares thoughts and hopes around the future of New Zealand science, she emphasises the importance of being inclusive and offers advice for all stages of a science …
 
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